Thursday, April 24, 2008

Boston: Terror Drill, LMT, FEMA, DARPA, +

MBTA to search bags as part of terror drill

BOSTON - The MBTA is checking passengers’ bags for explosives as part of a drill to test its readiness in the event of a heightened terror threat.
The drill Thursday aims to see how well the agency can deal with a massive increase in security.
The agency has done random bag searches before, but this drill is being done in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration.
Anyone who refuses a bag check could be escorted off the property or arrested.

Lockheed Martin Supports National Security Agency's 2008 Cyber Defense Exercise

ELKRIDGE, Md., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) is providing key support to this week's Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX), a National Security Agency-led cyber "war game" that pits security teams from the nation's service academies against network experts from the Agency. Lockheed Martin is providing the central facility for the exercise, as well as the network infrastructure the teams will use in their week-long game of virtual capture the flag...

U.S. Spies Use Custom Videogames to Learn How to Think

"The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has just taken delivery of three PC-based games, developed by simulation studio Visual Purple under a $2.6 million contract between the DIA and defense contractor Concurrent Technologies. The goal is to quickly train the next generation of spies to analyze complex issues like Islamic fundamentalism."
* Why not just play Pac Man? It would have as much to to do with "terrorism" as Islam....

Brain-plug weapons could provide war crime immunity
An American law student has published an analysis of international law regarding war crimes that might be committed using future brain-interface-controlled weapon systems.
Stephen White, studying at Cornell Law School, had his paper Brave New World: Neurowarfare and the Limits of International Humanitarian Law published (pdf) ( in the current issue of the Cornell International Law Journal. The paper has been picked up here ( and there ( on the tech net. In it, White makes particular reference to the various "Brain-Machine Interface" ploys being pursued by DARPA, the Pentagon mad-science outfit that loves a long shot....
Post Office Holds Drill, Closes Road (OH)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Postal Service Columbus Processing and Distribution Center will be practicing for a large-scale emergency Thursday. Columbus Police and Columbus Fire will join the drill to practice an evacuation of the building....

FEMA is conducting drills during the week of May 19
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate emergency preparedness procedures at the Salem-Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station during the week of May 19
Exercise tests emergency responders

Emergency network plan revived

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